The Eads Boys’ and Girls’ track teams faced off against some particularly competitive athletes over the weekend as they were in the La Junta Tiger Relays on Friday and then faced off with a number of good tracksters in the Holly Track Meet on Saturday.
Despite it being Prom weekend for Eads, the girls, in particular, gave a strong performance with a second-place finish in Holly. Springfield would wrap up the title.
On Friday, the Eads tracksters came up against big school competition when even some 5A schools were present at the meet enjoying the topnotch facility in La Junta. Eads competed well among the mix. Coach Stephanie Bohlander was particularly proud of her group, “There were big schools there on Friday at the Tiger Relays and super athletes so for us to compete well, I was so proud of our kids. We were right there in everything we did.”
In La Junta, senior Blake Stoker had a tremendous run in the 1600M, a race that is not his norm. He would place in second with a blistering 5:00.68.
The Girls’ team collected a large amount of points across the spectrum as their individual throwers, runners, jumpers and relay teams stepped up huge against the tough competition. Point earners included Kaycee Ellenberger (100M-7th, 200M-5th), Rhealie Rittgers (3200M-4th), Morgyn Johnson (High Jump-3rd), Kaylee Wilson (Long Jump-5th; Triple Jump-8th), Colby Stoker (Discus-5th), Emily Gyurman (Discus-7th), Kyra Sheridan (Shot Put-6th), 4x100M Relay-5th in 54.25 (Kaylee Wilson, Brooklynn Jones, Kaycee Ellenberger, Ally Spady); 4x200M Relay-5th in 1:55.18 (Reagen Johnson, Kaylee Wilson, Kaycee Ellenberger, Ally Spady); 800M Medley Relay-2nd in 1:58.93 (Crystal Watson, Brooklynn Jones, Ally Spady, Reagen Johnson).
Going into Holly, the Eads boys had more athletes present than in La Junta. Damien Barnes had an excellent day in the jumping pits placing second in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump. His best performance was a 20’ 2.5” in the Long Jump and a 40’ 10.25” in the Triple. The sophomore also tore up the track with a 5th place finish in the 200M (25.07) and 6th place final in the 100M (12.07). Stoker was the only other boy who placed in any individual events crossing the line in 8th in the 800M.
The boys’ 4x800M Relay team had a tremendous run placing 2nd in a strong time of 9:41.44. That team consists of Donte Sierra, Hatch Nelson, Ty Wilson, and Stoker.
The Eads Girls placed second behind Springfield chalking up 80 points in Holly. Again, every aspect of the team was firing on all cylinders. The 4x100 and 4x200 Relays led the way for the Eagles. In the 4x100 Eads was just edged out placing second in a time of 54.15. But Eads did the edging in the 4x200 improving their time substantially winning the gold in a time of 1:52.26.
Colby Stoker and Kyra Sheridan made noise in the throwing events with Stoker placing 2nd in the Discus with a 102’ 0 effort and 5th in the Shot Put coming through with a 33’ 55 effort. Sheridan placed 3rd in the Shot Put going 35’2”. Senior Emily Gyurman added some points in the Discus with a 7th place throw of 91’ 9.
Ellenberger, Reagen Johnson, Rittgers and Jones controlled the track for Eads. Ellenberger snuck in a 2nd place finish in the 100M finals in 13.51 seconds. Johnson was 5th in the 400M at a 1:06.24 clip. Rittgers ran the 1600M for the first time and gutted out an impressive 2nd place finish in 6:22.57. Jones just missed a gold in the 100M hurdles placing 2nd in a time of 18:55. The senior continues to improve in the hurdles each and every outing.
Jumpers Morgyn Johnson and Kaylee Wilson added a few points, as well, with Johnson placing 4th in the High Jump (4’ 9) and 6th in the Triple Jump (30’ 10). Wilson placed 5th in the Triple Jump (31’ 1.25)
Bohlander wrapped up the busy week stating, “There were many individual gains and awesome performances but as a whole, we showed up with a plan and went after it.”
Next week Eads will head to Springfield where the girls will challenge their rivals Springfield on their own turf.
Photo 1: Eads sophomore Colby Stoker threw a strong 102' in the discus at Holly to place second. - Photo Credit John Schecter
Photo 2: Eads Damien Barnes had a good day in Holly placing 2nd in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump. Photo Credit WildcatPridePhoto.com
Photo 3: Eads sophomore Brad Musgrave continues to improve in the shot put placing ninth in Holly. His continued progress may pay off with just a few weeks left in the track season. - Photo Credit John Schecter
Photo 4: Reagen Johnson clears the bar in the girls high jump at Holly - John Schecter